Sunday, March 11, 2018
Kansas City Black Economic Union Getting Kicked Out Of Historic 18th & Vine Lincoln Building On It's 50th Anniversary
The Kansas City Lincoln Building is an iconic structure in the 18th & Vine District and hosts a variety of local biz along with community organizations.
A point of contention and talk among the denizens of the 3rd district . . .
"The Black Economic Union (BEU) is being EVICTED from the building. BEU is celebrating it's 50th Anniversary this year."
For those who don't know . . .
"The Black Economic Union of Greater Kansas City is a non-profit founded in 1968 by Cleveland Browns football star Jim Brown and former Kansas City Chiefs' Curtis McClinton. As the oldest CDC in Kansas City, it has invested nearly $60 million, developing 635 affordable multi-family units, 320 elderly units, 85 single-family homes, and nearly 721,000 square feet of office, commercial and business development to date."
Like it or not, this is a step backward for the district that has struggled to justify more than $100-million worth of KCMO taxpayer subsidy since the 90s. Sadly, giving the boot to an organization dedicated to developing neighborhoods might not help the fortunes of the community going forward.
Developing . . .